Ten months after the Khaplang faction of NSCN had abrogated its ceasefire with the government of India and renewed its violent activities, Nagaland chief minister TR Zeliang has appealed to the Centre to restart the process of dialogue with the outfit. He also said that the solution to the long-pending Naga issue was in peaceful dialogue and not in the guns.
“The gun has not given us any solution for the past six decades. Therefore, the only way to find out a permanent solution is dialogue,” Zeliang said in Kohima. He also said that his government was willing and prepared to help bringing the NSCN(K) back to the ceasefire mode.
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Appreciating the NSCN(K) for participating in the ceasefire agreement programme in Myanmar, the Nagaland chief minister said he was optimistic that it would also re-enter into a ceasefire with the government of India so that lasting peace returned to Nagaland. Expressing dismay over resurgence of bloodshed after the NSCN(K) abrogated the ceasefire, Zeliang asked the NSCN(K) to give up violence once and for all and join the peace process for a negotiated settlement.
Reminding the NSCN(K) that there was no record in history where killings had solved problems, the chief minister said once the NSCN(K) decided to restore the ceasefire, his government would play its role in lifting the ban imposed on it. “When the prime minister of India is ready to solve the issue through a peaceful dialogue, the Nagas must also keenly reciprocate,” he said.
Pointing out that when all the 60 legislators of Nagaland Legislative Assembly had collectively come together to foster the early settlement of Naga political issue, the people should render fullest support. “Moreover, all the tribal hohos, civil society groups and NGOs have decided to work collectively for finding out early solution. A solution is possible only when we work together and this consensus at the highest level must percolate down to the grass root level,” he said.